April 01, 2015
Senior, Lukas Epps-Dawson, of Greensboro, NC, was recently selected to join the Teach for America program.
Teach For America (TFA) is a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years and raise student achievement in public schools. This elite program accepts only around 11%-12% of their applicants each year.
When asked how he became interested in TFA and why it was important to him Lukas said, "I was first encouraged by Dr. David Marion (Elliott Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs) to think about doing Teach for America after graduation... I started doing research into the program and I learned that schools around the country have a great need for good teachers. I wanted to be a part of something larger than myself, and to be a part of a program where I can make a difference in the world."
The 11,000 corps members involved with TFA in the 2013-14 school year, were able to reach more than 750,000 students while 32,000 alumni continued to deepen their impact as educational leaders and advocates.
Lukas recognizes that he will have a great opportunity with this program and says that, "Teaching appeals to me because teachers can tremendously influence their students by helping them discover and achieve their life goals. I think back to the many teachers I have had over the years who helped set the course for my life by pushing me to work hard and to overcome my fears... If I can help a student discover his or her passions in life, and encourage that student to pursue his or her dreams, I will be pleased with my efforts."
A Patrick Henry Scholar, Lukas is a member of the German club, classics club, the honors leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa, the honors political science society Pi Sigma Alpha, the student newspaper The Tiger, Cogito, and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. He also serves as President of the English honors society Sigma Tau Delta.
Another Hampden-Sydney senior, Dontae Buck, of Baltimore, MD, was also accepted recently into the TFA program. Dontae is a member of the Hobbie Business Ethics Scholarship Program and the Wilson Center Public Service Program. He has played lacrosse for four seasons and has been recognized as Academic All-ODAC. He also participates in Intramural flag football, soccer, and basketball. Dontae serves as Head Resident Advisor and as a Student Court Advisor. He is a member of the Society of '91, President's Leadership Council, Circle K, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the honors leadership society Omicron Delta Kappa.